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Summit Dinner Has Lots of Pomp and Circumstance

Emily Heil | The Washington Post   in  ·
August 7, 2014

Tuesday night’s formal function at the White House might not have been a state dinner – that apex of entertaining at 1600
Pennsylvania Ave. that traditionally sends chefs and protocol experts and social secretaries into a tizzy of calligraphy and
honing of guest lists.

Yet the event – held in honor of more than 50 African-nation dignitaries and their spouses – was just as challenging to pull
off.

The usual headaches of diplo power-dining were increased greatly: Seating charts accounted for regional tensions in Africa.
In advance, staffers identified the guests whose faith makes wine taboo. And which wife was the King of Swaziland bringing
anyway?

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